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Is atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis used to mean the same?

Is atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis used to mean the same which is a plaque of cholesterol that hardens?
the arteries? When seeking info, I've seen both terms used almost interchangeably, except that arteriosclerosis is only referred to cholesterol plaque, as opposed to atherosclerosis which is cholesterol, calcium, platelets, and other debris in the blood. Both were referred as "hardening of the arteries". what is the technically correct usage of these terms.
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body. Healthy arteries are flexible, strong and elastic. Over time, however, too much pressure in your arteries can make the walls thick and stiff — sometimes restricting blood flow to your organs and tissues. This process is called arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is a specific type of arteriosclerosis, but the terms are often used interchangeably.
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